Kikujiro Reviews

April 9, 2005
January 13, 2004
January 16, 2003
October 4, 2002
August 2, 2001
It doesn't seem like the type of film Kitano should be making...
March 23, 2001
For every moment that works in Kikujiro, there's at least one that doesn't, and they often happen at the same time.
February 14, 2001
Kikujiro is a failure of a movie, an utter mess that manages to be irritating and offensive IN ADDITION to being the worst thing a film can be: deadly boring.
February 14, 2001
... its treacly mix of emotional manipulation and klutzy comedy will make it hard to digest for most audiences.
January 1, 2000
You can't smile when you keep feeling sorry for the kid--who is not, after all, in on the joke.
January 1, 2000
... sappy, tedious and way overlong at 122 minutes.
January 1, 2000
The film isn't just bad; it's a barely coherent, inert mess -- a heart-tugger for voidoids.
January 1, 2000
Kikujiro is more on the nose, and that's probably why it doesn't entirely work.
January 1, 2000
... the movie's humor is dissipated by its slow pace and static scenes, and its emotional payoff is assumed rather than earned.
January 1, 2000
too slow and too long for its own good, "Kikujiro" gives us a juicy character so rough to like that his description must have been written on sandpaper.
January 1, 2000
... with a few quiet, moving scenes and a lovely ending, the film betrays an artist's touch, no matter how hard Kitano tries to make it look easy.
January 1, 2000
... the comedy never got a laugh from this critic ...
January 1, 2000
... when the adult is a lout and the child is a silent dullard, the formula loses its punch.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
A sad indulgence.
January 1, 2000
If distracting the audience from the movie's ingrained blunders is what he's[Kitano] trying to accomplish, it doesn't work.